Sunday, November 05, 2006

Archipelago Brewery, Circular Road

I have seen this place mentioned a number of times in magazines and have been wondering about their brew from the interesting descriptions. So, we actually stumbled upon it without knowing that it was along Circular road near the Shah Alam prata place just behind Boat Quay. Those said magazines that mentioned them often refer to their custom brews which are the Traveller's Wheat, Trader's Brown Ale and the Straits Pale.

Archipelago Brewery provides a small sampler free of charge to first time customers and does take away orders for food from a Thai place just across the road when their own kitchen (with a tiny finger food menu) closes at about 10p.m..

It was probably a personal preference thing but I didn't find anything remarkable about their own brews which will incentivise me to return. The Traveller's Wheat which according to their description contains taramind, ginger and Chinese orange peel. It didn't really taste of anything else except the ginger. Trader's Brown Ale is about as exciting as Kilkenny. I can't think of a better way to describe it. The Strait's Pale is quite regular a brew. I suppose it was so regular that I'm not really sure how to describe it. Though refreshing as described, there wasn't anything distinguishing. So with no chilled glasses and humid sweltering sidewalk seats, the drinks aren't going to stay thirst quenching for very long.

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